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by wjhall
11 Oct 2018, 12:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on crossing crossroads
Replies: 26
Views: 1288

Re: Advice on crossing crossroads

Wot they have said! Look, signal, manoeuvre - just the same as in a car .... ... Best advice so far. A bicycle is a vehicle, so start reading with the DfT manual "Driving" and of course the Highway Code, motor traffic bits. I opened Franklin in a public library once, it fell open at a pag...
by wjhall
17 Sep 2018, 11:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 84
Views: 3796

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

[... Neither cyclist looks to be going that fast to me. As for not pedalling, I frequently find myself stopping because due to the extra weight ebikes can roll for Britain. In the circumstances shown, I may well stop pedalling as I find myself catching up with a cyclist in front of me. Assuming the...
by wjhall
8 Aug 2018, 11:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Claud Butler Majestics
Replies: 30
Views: 1611

Re: Claud Butler Majestics

I had one of these which I rode LEJOG on in 1981. I bought it from Rayment cycles in Brighton and with his advice made the following modifications for a long tour: • TA 28/46 chainset • Blackburn rear rack.... Your suppliers recommendations point to the main fault with mid-market touring bicycles i...
by wjhall
24 Jul 2018, 2:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Avoids Something In Road.
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: Car Avoids Something In Road.

Badger carcasses on the road have always been common round here, where there are several badgers sets and plenty of evidence of them passing through gardens. Having seen a live one when nearly back home, driving a car, about midnight, I suspect road deaths are partly because they are slower than fox...
by wjhall
24 Jul 2018, 2:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How Do You Exit A Roundabout. Incident Two.
Replies: 19
Views: 1356

Re: How Do You Exit A Roundabout. Incident Two.

...where designers believe that two lanes of traffic will merge ..., by some magic. I don't think they believe in magic. I believe they do it because it makes the approach queues half the length (which looks good on the stats) and moves half the vehicles away from the roadside pollution monitors - ...
by wjhall
23 Jul 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How Do You Exit A Roundabout. Incident Two.
Replies: 19
Views: 1356

Re: How Do You Exit A Roundabout. Incident Two.

Using the LH lane is both incorrect and dangerous - the TI near me is marked on one approach as LH+ S and the adjacent exit has a collision almost every day - the other approaches are marked LH only and don't have the issue. The OP appears to have taken the route intended by the designers, and also...
by wjhall
29 May 2018, 1:52pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG in June, Route Review Please
Replies: 29
Views: 2192

Re: LEJOG in June, Route Review Please

1. See various posts, including mine, in the earlier Burnham-on-Sea thread on the Ashton Court entry into Bristol (1), which is both more pleasant and a clearer way of getting up onto the Downs. The 'steep hill' Bridge Valley Road with its continuation past the zoo is busy, and fairly narrow. Ladies...
by wjhall
25 May 2018, 12:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shared use Path: Overtaking into head on traffic
Replies: 55
Views: 2442

Re: Shared use Path: Overtaking into head on traffic

This sounds a bit like the Portway cycletrack in Bristol approaching Shirehampton, which is reasonable if you are the only cyclist but gets quite nervous in the rush hour with oncoming cyclists. The same applies if you come in along the pavement cycle track to Long Ashton in which case I do find mys...
by wjhall
11 Apr 2018, 12:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Quickest way out of Burnham on sea?
Replies: 23
Views: 3931

Re: Quickest way out of Burnham on sea?

Something of a postscript, since you are probably in the Orkneys by now, but crossing Bristol is nothing to worry about. Entering over the suspension bridge, as recommended above, Bristol's leafy suburbs are an idyll of spectacular gorges (1, 2), verdant parks (3, 4), open spaces (6), historic archi...
by wjhall
11 Apr 2018, 12:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: An account worth reading
Replies: 122
Views: 22072

Re: An account worth reading

What immediately crossed my mind on reading the article was actually rule 110, not to flash lamps for any purpose but to show you are there. Flashing in automatic response to the belief that someone thinks your lamps are on main beam comes close to breaching the old advice not to respond to being da...
by wjhall
19 Feb 2018, 12:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing rivets in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 12
Views: 1578

Re: Replacing rivets in Brooks Saddle

I used copper rivets in place of steel when putting a B17 on a new frame a few years ago. This was because the holes had worn larger over the years, so I felt the extra diameter of the copper cap essential. Some of the steel rivets had fallen out, which did not seem to be a problem, I assume because...
by wjhall
5 Feb 2018, 12:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: County- I am unsure!!
Replies: 51
Views: 2164

Re: County- I am unsure!!

mjr wrote:Traditionally, several counties in central England were divided into Hundreds, but there's fewer of everything in Yorkshire ;)


The Yorkshire equivalent of the Hundred is the Wapentake, above mentioned, of obvious meaning, so mind what you say.
by wjhall
14 Nov 2017, 10:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shoes For Use With Toeclips And Straps - Exustar?
Replies: 12
Views: 1195

Re: Shoes For Use With Toeclips And Straps - Exustar?

I have a pair of the modern smooth soled version OF THE EXUSTAR SP705 STELVIO and use them daily for errands and for days out. Nominal size, 43. My feet, once narrow, are probably now normal width following fallen arches, obviously fit is something that can only be determined by test. Only criticism...
by wjhall
1 Aug 2017, 9:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Strawberry line warning
Replies: 12
Views: 2180

Re: Strawberry line warning

If you are prepared to take a broad-minded view of 500 m of the A38 pavement, there is a minor road route from Winscombe up past Winscombe church that is rather shorter than going round the end of Crook's Peak, and a quieter road than the one along its south side (although that route is picturesque)...
by wjhall
18 Jul 2017, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike on train replacement
Replies: 23
Views: 1549

Re: Bike on train replacement

The comment about lack of management involvement when things go wrong is the impression I have, from recent service problems, without bike. It feels as though a prearranged plan, probably just to freeze the whole WCML service is put into place when a problem arises, without senior management being p...